Visit places only 10% of ‘bucharestians’ know about; romantic neighborhoods full of history and charm ready to be explored.
What to Expect
People’s Palace, Arc de Triumph, Village Museum, Calea Victoriei, Old Town. They’re all fine and dandy, but that’s not what Bucharest is about. If you really want to see a completely different city venture into the old neighborhoods. Accompanied by professional guides you will discover the history, the architecture, and the charm of places most locals don’t even know exist. To top it all off, some leisure time in Bucharest’s most beautiful summer gardens and teahouses is included, in true balcanic style.
The evolution of Bucharest is one of the best examples of the ambiguous relationship existing between the Romanian lands and the Ottoman Empire. Although it was not an Ottoman town, it shared many aspects with towns in the Ottoman area of influence.
One of these shared aspects was the division by mahallas. Mahallas were small quarters of the town which arose around a religious building and which were often inhabited by a homogeneous community of people belonging to the same ethnic, social or religious groups. As the town grew, mahallas fused with each other giving birth to larger neighborhoods that suffered through waves of modernization and demolitions in communist times. This was the fate of places like Armeneasca, Mantuleasa, the Old Jewish Quarter, and Batistei. But not all places are created equal. Some were purposefully built by the powers that be for their acolytes and auxiliary personnel. This was the case for Cotroceni, Domenii or Primaverii. One gets a sense of order and of rules and regulations in these places. Which makes them more interesting in a city where there’s so little of them.
- 1 stop for rest and refreshments
- Lunch can be arranged
What's Not Included
- Food and drinks purchased at bars/cafes
Know Before You Go
• Please read the cancellation policy: free up to 3 hours before the tour. No-show: 100% charge of tour cost.
• Bring comfortable, sunscreen and something to cover your head, the sun can be intense in the summer.
• How much you spend on refreshments is entirely up to you! 15 EUR is suggested, although you may want to bring more for impulse purchases and souvenirs.
•There is a minimum of 2 participants for this tour.